New York City is the greatest city in the world. Maybe I am biased because I was born here, and my family has a history here, but I really think it is. For the sake of argument, let’s just say that New York City is definitely one of the greatest cities in the world. Here are some facts about Gotham that you may or may not already know:
- New York City spent $67 billion in 2007 in expenditures, more than 46 out of the 50 U.S. states.
- 1.5 million Jews live in NYC’s metropolitan area, more than anywhere except Israel, and New York has more Jews than any city proper in Israel, making it the largest Jewish community in the world.
- New York City has 2,021 bridges and 6 tunnels.
- One quarter of the world’s gold bullion is located underneath the Federal Reserve bank on Wall Street.
- The world-renowned Broadway Street is one of the longest in the world; originating in Lower Manhattan, it ends 150 miles later in the state’s capital, Albany.
- New York City is the most diverse city in the world, and combined, residents here speak more than 170 languages. More than 47%, almost half, of New Yorkers over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home.
- The New York City Subway system runs 24 hours a day. 5 million people ride it every single weekday, and there are over 6,200 subway cars that stop at all 468 New York City subway stations.
- 4,500 city buses, 19,000 restaurants, and 13,000 licensed taxis tell more about the enormity of this great city.
- Over 250 feature movie films are produced in NYC every year, and over 100 television sitcoms are recorded here.
- There are more French restaurants in New York City than Paris.
These facts don’t make New York the greatest city in the world. However, the energy, attitude, entertainment, fashion, atmosphere, diversity, and other aspects do grow on anybody that comes here. If you haven’t been to New York City yet, or even if it’s been a while, come on up!